We recognise excellence through the election of Fellows and Affiliates and science prizes to honour outstanding scientists
One of the core mandates of The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is to recognise excellence and it does this is by electing scholars who have excelled in their fields of expertise as its members. The AAS Fellowship comprises individuals who have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement of the field on the African continent. Fellows of The AAS are elected based on their achievements that include their publication record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to society. Election into The AAS Fellowship is done through a rigorous review process.
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Although the term “Fellow” is used generally to refer to all those elected into The AAS Fellowship, the Fellowship has three categories.
Fellows who are elected from among active African scientists residing in Africa or elsewhere and who have attained the highest international standards and/or who have made significant contributions to the development and application of science, technology and innovation in Africa.
Associate fellows who are elected from among active and outstanding non-African scientists residing elsewhere or in Africa and who have made significant contributions to the development of researchers, as well as the development of science, technology and innovation in Africa.
Non-African scientists who have taken citizenship of an African nation and Africa-born scientists who may have taken citizenship outside Africa will be considered under the category, ‘Fellows’.
Honorary fellows who are elected from amongst persons of eminence who have made significant contribution to the objectives of the Academy.
There is no age limit and candidates may be elected from all disciplines. The AAS has clustered the various disciplines into ten clusters:
To be considered for nomination, candidates for The AAS Fellowship must:
The African Academy of Sciences accepts nominations for Fellows in the first half of each year. A nomination call is sent out to all The AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows. A notification also goes out to non-Fellows informing them of the open call. Only current AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows can submit nominations. Self nomination is not accepted but as indicated below, interested individuals may request a Fellow or Associate Fellow of AAS to nominate them. The call remains open for two months.The AAS reiterates its goal to admit more women into the Fellowship. All Fellows are expected to nominate at least one woman and women Fellows are highly encouraged to nominate two women. Nominations are submitted on the AAS Ishango Online System. The nomination process for all Fellowship categories (Fellow / Associate Fellow / Honorary Fellow) is as follows:
This is where a prospective candidate for AAS Fellowships directly approaches an AAS Fellow to nominate them.
You can either nominate candidates you already know or accept to nominate candidates who approach you through the secretariat.
These are the documents that comprise a complete nomination and MUST be uploaded on the AAS Ishango Online System.
A Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) is set-up for each of the ten (10) AAS scientific clusters through which the nominations undergo a rigorous peer-review process. Nominees are reviewed based on their scientific excellence, leadership and citizenship using various indicators such as publications, authorship, patents, commitment to advancing science in Africa, mentorship and supervision roles, recognition by peers, science advocacy, leadership positions held and responsibilities, innovations, contribution to policy.